Microwave Daifuku Mochi

     1 1/2 c mochiko

     1/2 c sugar

     1 1/2 c water

     food coloring, if desired

     filling, such as sweet bean paste (smooth, chunky, white or black), sweetened peanut butter, or brownie chunk

Grease a microwave tube pan.  Combine mochiko, sugar, water, and food coloring.  Pour into greased tube pan.  Cover loosely with plastic wrap.  Microwave on high for 5 minutes.  Microwave on 50% power for 3 minutes.  Turn out onto surface covered with potato starch.  Sprinkle potato starch on mochi.  Cut into 12 pieces.  Flatten and fill with desired filling.  A #60 disher works well for portioning out the filling.